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WATCH: Caroline Wozniacki makes emotional speech as she drops out of Hong Kong Open

On Thursday, world No. 6 tennis player Caroline Wozniacki decided to drop out of the Hong Kong Tennis Open because of an elbow injury. Wozniacki, who was the reigning champ of the tournament, injured herself during practice and determined on match-day that she was not fit enough to compete.

The 27-year-old Dane gave a heartfelt speech before she left the court:

“I did everything I could possibly to get ready for today but unfortunately I hurt my elbow during practice and there was no way I could perform my best… unfortunately I have to withdraw from the tournament.” she said.

This disappointment may hurt Wozniacki’s ranking, but fortunately for her, she’s already qualified for the WTA Finals at the end of the season. She’ll leave Hong Kong having defeated Eugenie Bouchard 6-1, 6-1 in the opening round on Wednesday.

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Wozniacki’s opponent Lizette Cabrera will now walk into the quarterfinals. The Australian teenager is ranked No. 155 in the World and will enter into her first-ever WTA quarterfinal match. Cabrera is set to face fellow No. 7 seed Aussie Daria Gavrilova on Friday.

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  • Jodi Goldsmith

    Wozniacki is such a superb ambassador for the sport. Total class act. Hope she recovers quickly so she can be at her best for Tour Finals.